Goal setting can help bring joy into your life because it helps give you purpose and motivation to achieve something. There is no feeling quite like setting a goal and achieving it.
It can inspire you to have ambition, learn new things, and create positive change in your life.
Identify Your Goals
First of all, you need to identify your goals. Your goals could be absolutely anything, and it’s likely that you’re going to have more than one goal in mind.
For example, you might have a financial goal to buy a house, a skill-based goal to learn how to start a business, and a health-based goal to run 5k.
Think about the things that you really want in life, the skills you want to acquire, and the positive habits that you want to build for years to come.
Ensure Your Goals Are Achievable
It’s important to note that the goals that you set need to be achievable. If your goals are not achievable, you will become demotivated and it might stop you from making progress.
Don’t have the goal of retiring at 30 unless you actually have a solid plan to get there, and are already making progress towards that goal.
Create A Step-By-Step Plan
Creating a step-by-step plan is essential to achieving your goals. A detailed plan will keep you on track, and it will feel amazing as you celebrate the small milestones.
If you want to buy a house for example, your plan might be that you first need to save £30k for a deposit and fees. But you can break it down further, you can then plan how much you need to save each month to get to £30k, and you can also work out the date at which you will achieve this goal.
Again, it’s important that the monthly amount that you want to save is achievable, or else you’ll only get disheartened when you have to dip into your savings each month because you are being over-ambitious.
You can break this goal down even further to include opening a Lifetime ISA, where the government will match the money you put in by 25% (For every £4,000 you put in the account, the government will top it up by £1,000).
When you create a step-by-step plan it allows you to evaluate the goal further, and come up with the best route to get to your future goal.
Write Down Your Goals
Did you know that you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down? By committing your goals to paper you are cementing these goals in your mind, and are more likely to make regular progress towards them.
As well as writing down your goals, you could even create a goal-based mood board to help you visualise your future. Use magazines, print outs, and scraps of paper to help make your goals come to life.
Keeping the mood board somewhere that you walk past everyday will remind you to stay on track and achieve the things you really want from life.